How to Apply for
College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA)

Below is a summary of the application information. For full details please read the Application Handbook carefully. All the information you need to complete the application is written in the Handbook.




Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

April Enrollment

2020 April AO Admissions
Enrollment Period Application Period Final Result /
Call for Interview  
Interview
(If required)

Final Screening Result

Number of Students

Accepted(AO)

April 2020 1st Jun. 5, 2019–
Jun. 25, 2019
Aug. 8, 2019 Aug. 31, 2019 -
Sep. 1, 2019
Sep. 12, 2019  7
2nd Aug. 28, 2019–
Sep. 17, 2019
Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 30, 2019
Dec. 1, 2019
Dec. 12, 2019

September Enrollment

2020 September AO Admissions
Enrollment Period Application Period Final Result /
Call for Interview  
Interview
(If required)

Final Screening Result

Number of Students

Accepted(AO)

September 2020 1st Oct. 9, 2019–
Oct. 31, 2019
Dec. 12, 2019 Dec. 21, 2019
Dec. 22, 2019
Jan. 23, 2020 40
2nd Dec. 11, 2019–
Jan. 14, 2020
Mar. 5, 2020 Mar. 21, 2020-
Mar. 22, 2020
Apr. 2, 2020
3rd Feb. 19, 2020–
Mar. 10, 2020
Apr. 30, 2020 May 16, 2020
May 17, 2020
May 28, 2020

Eligibility

1. Nationality [For April Enrollment ONLY]

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements for April Enrollment.*

1. Possess non-Japanese nationality.

2. Possess only Japanese nationality and have graduated or are to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad, by the time of enrollment.

*This requirement applies to April admission only.

*Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality who have graduated/are to graduate from Japanese high schools can take a different entrance examination for this major. Refer to the website from here.

*For September admission, applicants are not required to have a non-Japanese nationality.


2. University Entrance Eligibility


 Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following educational criteria. 
  1. Have completed, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a standard 12-year course curriculum, or an equivalent curriculum as designated by the Minister of MEXT (*1). Those who have completed a standard 12-year curriculum in less than 12 years with appropriate reasons, such as grade skipping or early graduation, will be regarded as having met the requirement. In order to prove their eligibility, applicants are required to submit an official document issued from their school explaining the reason for the early completion and details such as the skipped grade and date.

  2.  Have completed school education in a country where the curriculum is shorter than 12 years AND have completed a Japanese pre-university preparatory course accredited by the Minister of MEXT before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  3. Possess a qualification of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate, or GCE A-Level, that is recognized by universities outside of Japan as an entrance qualification before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.  

  4. Have passed an exam demonstrating equivalent academic ability to completion of a standard 12-year course curriculum outside Japan AND have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University. 

  5.  Have passed the High School Equivalency Exam (高等学校卒業程度認定試験) / the University Entrance Qualification Exam (大学入学資格検定) provided by MEXT in Japan AND have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  6. Have completed a 12-year course curriculum at a school for international students accredited by an international accrediting organization (WASC, CIS or ACSI) or a school for international students in Japan accredited by the Minister of MEXT to be equivalent to a high school outside of Japan before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  7. Have been recognized, through an individual screening review by Ritsumeikan University, as having an academic ability equivalent to or greater than that of a person who has completed high school, from their academic background and other qualifications, AND have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University (*2). The University recognizes applicants who graduate, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, from Korean senior schools (朝鮮高級学校 Chosen Kokyu Gakko) as having met this requirement.

  8. [NOTE]
    Applicants who wish to apply and are unsure if they meet the eligibility requirement must contact the International Admissions Office, three weeks prior to the start date of the application period that the applicant applies for.

    (*1) Applicants will be considered eligible if they have completed school education in a country where the curriculum is 11 years AND the country and school are approved by the Minister of MEXT.

    *For further details, please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

3. English Language Proficiency

In order to demonstrate sufficient English language ability, applicants must satisfy the University's English language requirements by providing evidence that they meet one of the following requirements:

*Please note that the following is a summary of the English language admission requirements for the ANU.
Please refer to the complete policy document here.

This policy may be updated from time to time. The most up-to-date information for RU applicants is available on this page as of the first date of the relevant application period.

*Applicants who meet certain requirements based on citizenship status and prior study do not need to submit the English language proficiency test scores listed above. Please consult the Application Handbook for details.

1) English Language Tests

Successful performance in a single acceptable English language test taken within the two-year period prior to the start date of the relevant application period will meet English language requirements. The test results will only be considered valid if the test score is available during the application period.

[Requirements for accepted English Language Tests]

TOEFL iBT®

Test

IELTS

(Academic Module)

Cambridge CAE Advanced

PTE Academic

80
(W&R 20, S&L 18)  
An overall score of 6.5
(6.0 in each component)
176
(169 in all sub-skills)  
64
(55 in each of the communicative skill)  

*The University does not accept institutional tests such as TOEFL ITP®Test.

* The University only accepts TOEFL iBT® scores from single test date, not MyBest™ scores.

*TOEFL® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

2) Citizenship status

Citizens of the following countries who have undertaken secondary and/or tertiary study in English, at a recognized institution, in the national education system (or equivalent) of a Group A country listed below:

[Group A Countries]
American Samoa, Australia, Botswana, Canada (excluding Quebec), Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe

These countries are determined by the ANU Academic and Quality Assurance Committee.

3) Prior study

-Applicants to undergraduate programs must have successfully completed two years of full-time (or equivalent) secondary (year 12 equivalent) or tertiary education within the last four years, in the medium of English. For the purposes of this, successful completion is considered to be a pass result in no less than 50 percent of attempted units/courses in any assessable period (for example, term or semester) in the academic year.
-The study must be undertaken at a recognized institution, in the national education system (or equivalent) of a Group A country stated above.
-The study undertaken must result in a sequence of study or qualification which is accepted for entry into ANU undergraduate programs.

-Applicants who complete a qualification listed in the Application Handbook must achieve specified levels to meet the university’s English language requirements. Please consult the Application Handbook for details.


Application Documents

Applicants must submit the completed application forms and necessary supporting documents. Certain documents must be submitted online (via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post.

Please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

1. Documents to be uploaded

  • Application Sheet
  • Registration Form
  • Application Essays
  • Documents Proving English Proficiency
  • Evidence of Application Fee Payment*
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Documents proving that you meet the university entrance eligibility requirements
  • Academic Transcripts

  • *Only applicable for bank transfer or convenience store payment

2. Documents to be posted

  • Letter of Reference

Application Fee

The University will not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Application fee: 5,000 Yen

Please pay the application fee by bank transfer in Japanese yen from a financial institution or via "Ritsu-Mate" by credit card, convenience store (only in Japan), PayPal, or Alipay.

How to make payment

1.Ritsu-Mate

When making a payment by credit card, convenience store(only in Japan), Paypal, or Alipay, an additional 500 yen is charged, therefore, the total transaction amount is 5,500 yen.
To make a transaction, visit the Ritsu-Mate and follow the instructions.

You must submit a photocopy of the receipt, along with other application documents, if you make a payment at a convenience store.

2. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution outside of Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 7,500 yen (5,000 yen for the application fee and 2,500 yen for bank commission in Japan)
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Contact Information: Name of Applicant
  • Bank Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
  • Branch Name: Kyoto Branch
  • Account Name: Ritsumeikan University
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Branch Address: 8 Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 6008008 JAPAN
  • Branch Telephone Number: +81-75-211-4131
  • SWIFT CODE: SMBCJPJT
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

3. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution in Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 5,000 yen
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Bank Name: 三井住友銀行 (SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION)
  • Branch Name: 京都支店 (Kyoto Branch)
  • Account Type: 普通(Futsu/ Savings Account)
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Account Name: 立命館大学(リツメイカンダイガク)
  • Sender’s name: Applicant’s name
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

Submitting Application Documents

Certain application documents must be submitted online(via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post. Please consult the Application Handbook for further details.

  • Ritsumeikan University
  • International Admissions Office
  • 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
  • 603-8577 (or 603-8346), Japan
  • Tel: +81-75-465-8162

Screening Method

The decision on an application will be made on the basis of a screening of the application documents and the applicant's performance at the interview.

Document Screening

Document screening result will have THREE outcomes.

  • Accepted to the University without any further screenings.
  • Invited for Interview
  • Not Accepted
  •  Interview (If required)

    An interview will be conducted for invited applicants.
    Details of the interview, such as the interview method, venue, date, and time, will be determined by the University and notified in an interview information sheet to the applicant along with the 1st screening result on the result notification date. Applicants cannot choose the interview method, venue, date or time.

    The interview will be a web-based interview via SKYPE or a telephone interview.

  • Applicants do not need to come to Ritsumeikan University for the interview.
  • The University strongly recommends applicants to install Skype and familiarize themselves with the system before the interview.
  • Applicants who cannot use Skype must contact the International Admissions Office.
  • Final Result

    The university will make an overall assessment based on document screening alone, or document screening and interview.

    Notification of Results


      Applicants will be notified of their results in following three methods. The University will not provide any information regarding the results by phone, fax, or e-mail.
        1. Website
        2. Application numbers of applicants who are accepted into the University or invited to the interview will be available on the University’s English website from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification dates for one week.
        3. Ritsu-Mate [for final result only]
        4. The result of the applicant can be confirmed from the “Examination Result” button on “Ritsu-Mate” from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification date for one week.
          In case you are accepted to the university only with document screening, the result is not indicated on Ritsu-Mate. You have to confirm your result on the website.
        5. Postal Mail
        6. The University notifies the results to the successful applicants by registered mail to addresses in Japan, or by courier to addresses outside of Japan. It may take a few days to reach applicants. Contact the International Admissions Office if you do not receive the result within 7 days. The University will not send out the results to the applicants who were not accepted into the university.

    After Admissions

    Once you have completed your application and are admitted to RU, you must take these steps.